Australian News and Analysis

Federal election: Which way forward for marriage equality?

Federal election: Which way forward for marriage equality?

May 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

By Ben Convey Scott Morrison’s first budget proposes to spend $160 million on a marriage equality plebiscite. With polls consistently showing that the majority of Australians already support marriage equality, most people will ask why this money is being wasted while the government wants to cut funding for the life-saving […]

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Federal election looming: How should the labour and social movements respond?

Federal election looming: How should the labour and social movements respond?

May 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

Editorial comment from the May 2016 edition of ‘The Socialist’ We go to press this month with a federal election looming. The polls are close and it seems likely that the two major parties will be engaged in a very tight race. Turnbull’s hope is that a double dissolution election […]

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Poor hit hardest by cashless welfare changes

Poor hit hardest by cashless welfare changes

April 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

By Jeremy Trott The Turnbull government is trialling a new cashless welfare card in three rural towns in preparation for a planned national roll out next year. The so-called Healthy Welfare Card is designed to restrict spending by welfare recipients to basic essentials like food, clothes, rent and utilities, and […]

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Journalists strike as Fairfax threatens to cut jobs

Journalists strike as Fairfax threatens to cut jobs

April 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

By David Elliott Fairfax Media, which publishes The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review, told staff in March they would be cutting the equivalent of 120 full-time jobs from the Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms. The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), representing journalists, said this could […]

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Couple protests and direct action to stop cruel refugee policies

Couple protests and direct action to stop cruel refugee policies

April 22, 2016 at 11:58 am

By Robyn Trott Palm Sunday on March 20 saw thousands of people in capital cities across Australia rallying for the rights of asylum seekers facing deportation, and mandatory offshore processing, under the federal government’s cruel refugee policies. The event was organised by various religious groups, refugee advocates and community organisations. […]

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Nationalise the steel industry!

Nationalise the steel industry!

April 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

By Socialist Party reporters Steel manufactures the world over are being hit by a sharp drop in iron ore prices. The latest company to face problems is the South Australian steel firm Arrium, located in Whyalla. Thousands of jobs hang in the balance as the company was placed in voluntary […]

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No cuts to education!

No cuts to education!

April 13, 2016 at 9:56 am

Below is the text from a leaflet produced by Socialist Party students. It is being distributed at upcoming rallies against education cuts and on university campuses. *** For free education & no student debt! The government is planning to slash university funding by 20% and further deregulate student fees. At […]

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What to do about the housing bubble?

What to do about the housing bubble?

April 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

By Kirk Leonard “Sex for rent” ads in Sydney and on the Gold Coast which target struggling women are becoming more prevalent. Social ulcers like this indict the chaos in the housing sector, which sees affordability at crisis levels and growing alarm amongst commentators about a huge price bubble. The […]

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Panama Papers: Build a political alternative to stop the tax cheats

Panama Papers: Build a political alternative to stop the tax cheats

April 8, 2016 at 9:42 am

Editorial comment from the forthcoming edition of ‘The Socialist’ Early April saw the biggest data spill to date with more than 11 million documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Dubbed the “Panama Papers” the leak, revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), exposed some of […]

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Capitalism and drug reform

Capitalism and drug reform

April 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

By Meredith Jacka The past 12 months have seen a growing and increasingly militant movement to change the way police and politicians view the issue of drug use. Physicians, lawyers, public health and social workers, and the families of people who use drugs, are publicly calling for a move away […]

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